EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 2009: The Rap Guide To Evolution
The Rap Guide to Evolution explores the history and current understanding of Darwin?s theory, combining hilarious remixes of popular rap songs with clever lyrical storytelling that covers Natural Selection, Sexual Selection, Evolutionary Psychology, and much more. Dr. Pallen has vetted the entire script for scientific and historical accuracy, making it a powerful teaching tool as well as a laugh-out-loud comedy experience. The show also engages directly with challenging questions about cultural evolution, asking the audience to imagine themselves as the environment and the performer as an organism undergoing a form of live adaptation.
Baba Brinkman is a Canadian actor and rap artist best known for his award-winning one-man show The Rap Canterbury Tales, which has delighted audiences around the world since 2004, sparking renewed interest in the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. In 2008 Dr. Mark Pallen, author of The Rough Guide to Evolution, asked Brinkman if he would "do for Darwin what he had done for Chaucer" and Brinkman happily took up the challenge.